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    KinoAmp Update 7200 Reads news
    For those who don't follow the newsgroups, you may have missed the latest update (as I did) to Pete Everett's Kino Amp video player for RISC OS.

    KinoAmp is now up to Version 0.32 and is an excellent application that can show off some of the capabiities of a StrongArm Risc PC.

    Posted by StevePotts on Saturday, June 19, 2004 Read full article: 'KinoAmp Update'   

    As also reported elsewhere on the net, it is unfortunate that Both Stuart Tyrrell Developments and Virtual Acorn in two independent press releases have temporarily suspended supply of Virtual RiscPC software and A6 / A75 computers until further notice.


    At a time when there seems to be a divergence in most things RISC OS related, eg two operating systems, two USB stacks, etc Finnybank have bucked the trend! It was announced today, that Finnybank, the company behind Acorn Publisher magazine have added to their portfolio of magazines by buying Acorn User from Tau Press.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 Read full article: 'Acorn Publisher and Acorn User become One!'   

    A massive fire has wiped out a third of the motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham. 650 machines, out of the 900 collection, valued at an estimated £8m have been destroyed.

    Fire investigators say the blaze, reported at 4.40pm yesterday (16th Sept), started in boxes old air conditioning units, triggered by a carelessly disgarded cigarrette.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 Read full article: 'Fire wipes out Acorn Midlands show venue'   

    Congratulations WROCC 5772 Reads news
    Our congratulations go to the WROCC for their Wakefield show efforts and to the visitors to the show who helped raise over £1100 for charity at this year.

    Also, our thanks go to MicroDigital for providing the Creative Labs Inspire 5.1 speakers for the 2nd prize draw at the show - we won them and so now the office is nicely wired for sound, if only it had been draw three?!? :-S

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Monday, June 09, 2003   

    The VirtualAcorn ccrew in the form of the Mercurial Aaron RISCWorld Timbrell has sent us an very interesting couple of tidbits...

    First off, is that VA is happy to run anything compiled using the new 32 bit tools from Castle. Now there is no excuses for not using VA as a tool to program new apps for RISC OS.

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 Read full article: 'Even VA is now happy with 32 bit'   

    Discounts seem to be all the rage now. First John Kortnink reduced the price of his Viewfinder card, then we get these..

    Clares are pleased to announce the latest price reduction on LCD panels, we can now supply the following

    • AOC 15" Silver 1024x768 LCD 295(UKP) inc VAT and carriage
    • AOC 17" Silver 1280x1024 LCD 429(UKP) inc VAT and carriage.

    This is followed by this gem from Castle


    • 48-bit colour scanning
    • True 1600 x 3200 dpi scanning
    • Built in transparency unit
    • High speed scanning (A4 scan at 300dpi takes about 26s)
    • TWAIN 2 driver included


    SCANNER PRICE ukp199
    Castle's 4/port USB podule ukp59
    D Pilling's Scanning Software ukp20

    For more information, have a poke around at Castle's website

    And finally today

    New permanently low price for RISC OS 4 upgrades

    Following the securing of further OTP ROM supplies RISCOS Ltd is pleased to announce a new permanently low price for RISC OS 4 upgrades.

    With immediate effect the full RISC OS 4 ROM pack is now available for ukp85 including VAT. For users who want to upgrade more than one machine a set of ROMs only is available for ukp75 including VAT.

    Discounts are available for Dealers, Authorised Installers and User Groups who place orders in bulk.

    Orders may be placed by Cheque or Credit Card by Post to:-

    RISCOS Ltd
    3 Clarendon Road
    CF23 9JD
    Tel 02920 492324
    Fax 02920 492326

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, November 14, 2002 Read full article: 'Fancy a cheap Christmas present?'   


    I've posted a few snaps from the South East Show.

    The show was pretty crushy so I didn't really get any great opportunities to have clear shots. Hopefully these will be of some interest though.

    Show Pics

    And a quick summary of the show...

    Posted by StevePotts on Monday, November 04, 2002 Read full article: 'Quick Summary of the South East Show'   

    Peter Naulls has released another subscription package, but this time it is for those wanting to learn C.

    For 40 UKP, you get a 6 month subscription to this service.

    For more info, visit the website



    Not being content with new hardware coming around, we are seeing software updated for the new 32 bit OS. In a very large posting from our best mates at Cerilica, the first of the new breed of 32 bit software seems to be hitting the streets at the same time as the new hardware....

    Cerilica Vantage goes 32bit

    Following recent announcements of exciting new hardware developments on RISC OS web portals such as, Cerilica can finally reveal it has been working hard on a 32bit full upgrade version of its leading design and publishing software - Cerilica Vantage. This will allow Vantage to take advantage of the extra processing power offered by the next-generation ARM-based 32 bit-only RISC processors.

    A two stage upgrade path is now being planned which will finally release key features already working in development versions and allow users an option to gain further new features. Bug fixes have also been a priority as well as fixes specifically targeted towards OS variations. Release dates will partly depend on external factors but we will post firm information about these events closer to the time.

    In the meantime, you may wish to attend the forthcoming South East show where the latest development version of Vantage will be on display and demonstrated.

    These are exciting times for the RISC OS platform. Cerilica Vantage has already been demonstrated to work on the long-awaited Microdigital Omega and we believe a choice of hardware can only be a good thing for the market. Our policy to is to cater for as many viable RISC OS platforms as possible to ensure our products have the largest potential user base.

    Cerilica Vantage is available from only 175.00ukp fully inclusive of VAT and package and postage (UK) and is supplied with an on-screen and printable PDF manual. A comprehensive printed manual (over 230 pages) is also available as an option.

    You want more from Cerilica, well, read on!

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 Read full article: 'Lots of news from those Cerilica folks'   

    In case you've not yet seen it, the Iyonix PC from Castle Technology, is planned to run RISC OS 5, yes that is a five and means with 32Bit support!

    The new PC is planned to have DDR Memory, an XScale processor and run 66Mhz PCI peripheral bus. A challenge for the Microdigital Omega offering?

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, October 18, 2002 Read full article: 'New Hardware, New OS, New Users?'   

    Our friends at have run a story about RISCOS Ltd's new brochure, promoting RISC OS. Available on the RISC OS Ltd website are copies of the brochure for download.

    Posted by StevePotts on Wednesday, August 21, 2002   

    Roy Heslop, head chappy at RiscStation has sent us through some much needed information regarding the laptop.

    "First, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who have waited patiently for news on the laptop. I can appreciate that people are waiting and have paid up and that the delays are very annoying, but I can say that the wait is almost over"

    Note: Which hardware will be first to market? Vote in our poll

    Steve Potts, the man who arranged the meeting at Wakefield for one of the first demonstrations of the Microdigital Omega, has been kind enough to post a few pictures up on his website.

    According to Steve, "an interesting night was had by all with plenty of questions and answers and best of all, seeing the Omega in action"

    Note: Read more for details of new photos! (5/7/2002)

    Peter Naulls has opened up his port scheme which for a minute 25 quid for 6 months enables you to get a pile of RISC OS ports, with support, of some really good software.

    For more details, have a look Peter's website


    News in from Cerilica and it's very good news indeed...

    Cerilica Vantage new pricing

    Following on from the great reception to Cerilica's premier product re-alignment at the Wakefield show, we are pleased to announce the package's new format and amazing price.

    The Wakefield show saw the launch of Vantage's on-CD electronic manual format. The CD now contains three PDF full manuals, each optimised for on-screen viewing and printing through commercial and freeware applications such as Cerilica's RiScript, !PDF and Adobe's Acrobat. This change in product format has allowed the base price of Vantage to drop significantly from the previous 241.50ukp to 177.50ukp (UK, including package, postage and VAT).


    Cerilica is pleased to learn that its premier package, and one of RISC OS' most advanced and modern packages, has been confirmed to run on a Microdigital Omega system!

    Cerilica recently submitted its application upon request to Microdigital, developers of the new RISC OS hardware, for initial testing. Cerilica was proudly told of the success of the test and shown proof shortly after the event where the technically complex software package ran 'out of the box'.

    Details of the Omega have been released by Microdigital but to confirm, Vantage was running on a new-design 300MHz StrongARM hardware system with high resolution and deep colour depth screen mode as well as contemporary levels of memory bandwidth. Even though we understand Microdigital are currently in the process of writing all final device drivers and are fine-tuning the system, Vantage was capable of operating fully rendering some of the most complex new demonstration files that can be found at: Cerilica's preview area

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, May 15, 2002   

    Home ADSL hots up 3904 Reads news
    In the space of the last week, two very well known RISC OS companies have both announced their own ADSL in a box products.

    R-Comp will tailor their product to meet your exact needs at around 155 UKP (includes VAT and UK postage). This will allow up to 4 machines to be hooked in at a very high speed.

    The offering from CJE is similar and costs 180 UKP for the complete setup.

    Both systems offer full RISC OS compatibility without the need for DHCP or other such extensions as well has mega-fast download speeds and always being online without the need to tie up your phone line.

    With the cost of the actual ASDL connection dropping (with the introduction of the BT DIY kits), if you haven't got cable, this may be the high speed offer you've been waiting for!

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, April 29, 2002   

    In an exclusive interview with MyRISCOS, Roy Heslop of RiscStation has revealed that a full statement on the portable will be made later this week.

    Plenty of other items have been covered in the interview as well. To see what's going on, read on...


    VirtualAcorn can now confirm that VirtualA5000 V 1.10 can read and write Packet CDs. Packet CD (also called UDF) allows CD writers to copy files using drag and drop file transfers, files can be renamed, deleted, or have their filetypes changed on a writable CD. This means that users can backup their VirtualA5000 hard disc directory to a CD whenever they need.

    Once a CD has been finalised using Windows it can also be read on a "real" RISC OS machine, and provided applications and files have been archived then all the filetypes will be preserved. Depending on the particular CD software provided on the PC it is also possible to write data to a CD on VirtualAcorn, then read the CD on a "real" RISC OS machine and then add further data to the CD using VirtualA5000. So far CD writing has only been tested using CeQuadrat PacketCD(tm) and Roxio DirectCD(tm). Full information on setting up a CD Writer is now on the VirtualAcorn Technical Support pages.

    And that's not all....


    Mike Stubbs has stepped down from AU after 6 months in charge. He gave no reasons why, but has affirmed his dedication to the platform and to stay active within it.

    The question now is who will take over the mantle which seems to have become somewhat of a poisoned chalice over the past year or so with no less than 3 editors (counting John Cartmell as well).

    As usual, there is nothing on the AU website about this and very little on usenet.

    The full article is on Drobe

    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, April 12, 2002   

    Cerilica have been busy with their next revision of the !Vantage vector package, the upgrade is free to existing customers and should be with us before the Wakefield show!

    There's an impressive list of new features that are rounding out the facilities nicely for those of us who are mere design mortals...

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Thursday, March 28, 2002 Read full article: 'Vantage next incarnation preview'   

    Several of us from the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) made the long journey to the South West show yesterday, and were pleased to see that it seemed to be a big success.

    Although the show quietened down quite dramatically from about 2:30pm onwards, earlier in the day it had been quite busy. Many exhibitors said that attendance seemed similar to the previous year, with some saying that sales had been better - so much for the doom and gloom merchants.

    Items of interest included:

    Posted by dgs on Sunday, March 03, 2002 Read full article: 'Successful RISC OS South West Show!'   

    RComp are pleased to announce that the first release of Messenger Pro Server Edition will be at the SouthWest Show this Saturday.

    Messenger Pro Server Edition is a top-of-the-line part of the Messenger Pro email software family for RISC OS. The software allows RISC OS users to share email across a network to all manner of computer platforms (RISC OS, Winodws, Linux etc.).

    Why do you need Messenger Pro Server?

    There are many times that you need to have email flowing through a central machine on a network, especially if you want to be able to...

    Posted by Paul F. Johnson on Saturday, March 02, 2002 Read full article: 'MessengerPro server edition'   

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